Bible Verse: I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. (Psalm 3:5)
Have you ever lost sleep because of stress or being anxious about something? According to the National Sleep Foundation, people who suffer from chronic stress sleep less and have poorer sleep quality. When you do not sleep enough, your body produces even more stress hormones, making you feel even more stressed out than you were before.
In Psalm 3, David is facing an overwhelmingly stressful circumstance. His son, Absalom had created a coup attempt that would see David removed as king and replaced by Absalom. You can imagine how deeply the betrayal of his son would have created stress for David.
Yet, it is in the middle of this overwhelming pain that David declares “I lie down and sleep; I wake up again because the Lord sustains me” (v. 5).
When everything else is shaken, David’s foundation of trust in God gives him a good night’s sleep. God is a shield on every side – He protects David at every angle. He is David’s confidence – the one who helps David to lift his head high. He is the God who is strong and will always answer the prayer of David. David has no fear because His confidence is in the only One who is greater than his circumstances.
The same confidence that David had is available to you and to me. We can sleep well at night – no matter how strong the storm is that is raging all around us. Place your confidence in this God who is a shield on every side of you, and get a great night of sleep!
— Kirk Giles, President Promise Keepers Canada
Further Reading: Psalm 3
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